Special Needs Resources




Special needs resources in Austin continue to expand to help meet the rising needs. Many area school districts offer assistance, so it often helps to inquire about special programs for children.

 

Parents who have children with special needs will find a wealth of resources in Austin to ensure that kids get the care they need to thrive and succeed.

Not only does each and every Austin area school district have special education resources within the school system, there are also specialized schools and centers across the city for those with learning disabilities, visual, speech, or hearing impairments, autism, mental retardation, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries, or other special needs. The following is a list of schools and resources for Austin parents.

Higher Education for Students with Disabilities

Community for Accredited Schools Guide

This guide helps students with disabilities and their parents better understand their rights when it comes to post-secondary education. In addition to outlining laws and regulations that apply specifically to students with disabilities, our guide offers tips and information about finding a college or university that best suits a student’s needs.

CLASS

877-438-5658

MRLA

483-5800

Both these services provide funding for therapies, assisted/supported living, home modifications, nursing, and more.  Waiting lists are years long, so parents should sign up as soon as possible.

Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation

512-472-4357

Links families to other support services and wait lists, respite, in-home and family support, and case-management.

Children with Special Healthcare Needs


800-252-8023
www.dshs.state.tx.us/cshcn/default.shtm

Department of Health - provides case management and supports family-centered, community based strategies for improving quality of life for children with special health care needs.

Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP)

877-438-5658 (waiting list)

Department of Human Services – provides a variety of services. 

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

512-916-5404 – Austin/Travis County
800-772-1213

Monthly payment and/or Medicaid; dependent on income and disability.

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

DARS Inquiries line: (800) 628-5115
www.dars.state.tx.us

Advocacy for Texans of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing. Also provides services and programs for Texans of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, including transition services for those aged 13-22, as well as assistance in vocational rehabilitation and job counseling for Texans with disabilities (all ages).

Family Support Cooperative

512-414-0955

Support and informational meetings every Tuesday night during the AISD school semester at Rosedale School that includes free pizza, free childcare, and sibling activities.

Parent & School Support Team – AISD

512-414-0955

Referral information, problem-solving between schools and families, help with transitions.

ARC of the Capital Area

512-476-7044

Respite, parent-to-parent matches, food and clothing pantry, case-management.


ARCIL, Inc.  (Austin Resource Center for Independent Living)

512-832-6349

Advocacy and referrals for all ages, independent living skills and transition assistance for teens (14 and up). 

ECI (Early Childhood Intervention)

DARS Inquiries line: (800) 628-5115   
www.dars.state.tx.us

A division of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.


First Call for Help

512-324-1899 

Comprehensive, confidential information and referral program with a computerized database of services for Travis County residents.

GAFE (Grupo De Apoyo Para Familias Especiales)

512-385-8839

Advocacy and support services to Spanish-speaking families. 

McBeth Recreation Center

512-974-9011

Provides programs and recreation participation opportunities for children, teens, and adults who have developmental and/or physical challenges.

Path Project

512-292-8135   

Assists with special education laws, regulations and ARDs.

Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) at SafePlace

512-267-7233  
www.austin-safeplace.org

Abuse prevention and education for teachers, parents and students with disabilities.

Independent Steps

469-600-4336
www.independentsteps.com

Independent Steps provides rehabilitation services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for children and adults with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, brain injury, or post-stroke conditions. We specialize in the Conductive Education methodology, which is aimed at rebuilding the mental processes and cognitive skills needed to overcome basic challenges such as learning to roll, crawl, sit, stand, walk, eat, write, and become potty trained.

Texas Parent to Parent

512-458-8600 or  (866) 896-6001
www.txP2P.org

A statewide non-profit developed for parents by parents: provides parent to parent matches, support, information, website, resources, newsletter, training.


WorkSource - Child Care Solutions

512-302-0710

Assists with childcare funding for families who are financially eligible and are working, in school, or in training. 

NATIONAL RESOURCES

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
800-772-1213

Monthly payment and Medicaid; based on family income and resources if child is under age 18; based on individual if over 18.

NICHY (National Information Center for Children and Youth w/ Disabilities)

800-695-0285
www.nichy.org

Disability library and information on related services; produces state resource sheet.

Autism Parent Magazine

http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-resources-parents/

Up-to-date news and professional guidance for parents and children on the subject of autism. Visit their site for a free issue of the magazine.

Exceptional Parent Magazine

800-247-8080
www.eparent.com

Monthly magazine for parents and professional; National website includes resources for parent to parent programs; information and referral centers, disability library, services, products and much more.

Family Village

www.familyvillage.wisc.edu

A global community that integrates information, resources, disabilities library and communication opportunities on the Internet.

NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)

800-999-6673
www.rarediseases.org

Information and referrals on rare disorders.

MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support)

909-336-5333
www.netnet.net/mums/

National parent-to-parent network; provides information and emotional support to parents whose child has a rare disorder.

NIH (National Institute of Health)

301-402-4336
www.nih.gov

Stephen Groft at the office of rare diseases provides information on which hospitals and physicians are doing research or clinical trails on any disease.

NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness)

800-950-6264
www.nami.org

Provides information and training programs for caregivers of individuals with mental health issues or brain disorders.

INTERNET RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES Advocacy Inc.

www.advocacyinc.org

The ARC of Texas

www.thearcoftexas.org

IDEA 2004

http://idea.ed.gov/

NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)

www.nichcy.org

TEA (Texas Education Agency) – Special Education

http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Special_Education/
(See Educational Programs, then Special Programs.)

Action Behavior

www.ActionBehavior.com 
Offers therapy programs for children with Autism.

Autism Parent Resources

Autism Resources for Families

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

CDC Autism Links and Resources

Operation Autism for Military Families

Academic Accommodation Resources

Temple Grandin's Teaching Tips

Taking your Child with Autism to the Orthodontist

Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism

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